close
close

Celtics Game 5 Monday Night – NBC Boston

The Boston Celtics’ catastrophic performance in Game 4 of the NBA Finals gave them a chance to win another championship Monday night among the 17 banners already hanging in the TD Garden rafters.

And coach Joe Mazzulla reminded them they would have two more chances after that.

“We don’t like to lose,” Celtics guard Jaylen Brown said before practice on Sunday. “I think we’re ready for Game 5. I think this is the best answer I have. I think we’re ready. We are home. And we are looking forward to it.”

The Celtics cruised through the regular season with the best record in the NBA and then did even better in the playoffs, never trailing in a series while winning 15 of their first 17 games. They opened a 3-0 lead over Dallas, but the Mavericks avoided elimination with a 122-84 victory on Friday night – the third biggest blowout in finals history.

That sent the series back to Boston, where the Celtics will once again try to win their unprecedented 18th NBA title – and their first since 2008. In a city that has already collected 12 championships this century, that’s what passes for a drought.

“This is what we all work for,” Brown said. “We are on the cusp of completing what we set out to do at the start of the season. So I don’t think it’s difficult to get everyone in the locker room on the same page right now.”

Ticket prices for TD Garden

Fans thinking about getting tickets to Monday night’s game in hopes of witnessing the Celtics win over Banner No. 18, will have to pay a pretty penny.

The cheapest tickets we found were on VividSeats. To sit on the balcony, you still have to spend $1,184. In fact, we found several sites with tickets priced around $1,200 each.

If you want the VIP experience, you can still purchase VIP seats, but it will cost you tens of thousands of dollars.

StubHub has seats in the VIP section, row A for $31,501 – EACH!

Those plush VIP seats are already set up around the parquet for Game 5, and they look pretty awesome, but $63,000 for a pair of tickets? Many fans are likely only planning to watch the game on TV, but they can also come to Boston’s Canal Street and soak up the party atmosphere right outside the Garden.

The mayor and the Downtown North Association are once again hosting a “car-free zone” in the Boston Playoff Hub.

Fans can gather here Monday night before and during the game, with extensive restaurant and bar seating in this area to give it a real block party feel.

They put up the barricades to close off the street so fans can walk around safely. In fact, the Boston Police Department has the barricades set up throughout the area, because with the team back home and a chance to win Banner No. 18, this could be quite the party Monday night.



The Celtics have a chance to win Game 5 Monday night and capture the NBA title on June 17, 2024 – six years after they last won the championship and on a day that holds special meaning in Boston. Follow NBC10 Boston on… Instagram: instagram.com/nbc10boston TikTok: tiktok.com/@nbc10boston Facebook: facebook.com/NBC10Boston

The loss in Game 4 broke Boston’s franchise record 10-game postseason winning streak (and also ended Kyrie Irving’s personal 13-game losing streak against his former team). Boston is 3-0 in potential elimination games so far during these playoffs.

But the Celtics know – and Dallas certainly does too – that they have three more chances to close out the series. All-Star Jayson Tatum said Mazzulla told his team Sunday not to buy into the idea that we have to win tomorrow.

While it’s unusual for a coach to deviate from the “one game at a time” mentality, the Celtics said recognizing that they have three attempts to win one game takes some of the pressure off them — the pressure that may be keeping them in their total blindness of a game 4.

“We would love to win tomorrow – more than anything,” Tatum said. “But if it doesn’t happen, it’s not the end of the world. We have more options.”

Irving said the Mavericks are also trying to “enjoy the moment” and not focus on the fact that no NBA team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit in a playoff series. Game 6 would be back in Dallas on Thursday, with the potentially decisive Game 7 on Sunday in Boston.

“(We’re) thinking as best we can about the goal we have in front of us, and trying not to get tired of everyone talking about the history that hasn’t been written,” Irving said. “We have been given the opportunity to achieve one of our goals, which is to come back to Boston. We have another goal ahead of us, and that is to get back to Dallas.”

Will Kristaps Porzingis play Monday night?

That will be a lot more difficult if Boston center Kristaps Porzingis is available. The 2 meter 27 Latvian was listed as questionable on Sunday with a dislocated tendon in his left ankle.

Porzingis did not speak to reporters on Sunday. He practiced with the team wearing a white sleeve around his right leg, and during the 30 minutes reporters were able to observe him on the field, he gingerly took shots from inside the lane, apparently taking care not to jump.

“I’m not sure where he is,” Mazzulla said. “But he’s trying and doing everything he can to put himself in a position to be out there. I know that for sure.”

Porzingis missed 10 straight playoff games after straining his right calf in the first round against Miami. He returned for Game 1 of the Finals and was a major reason for Boston’s victory. He scored 20 points with six rebounds and three blocked shots in 21 minutes.

But Porzingis dislocated a tendon in his left leg in Game 2, did not play in Game 3 and would be available for Game 4 “on a specific, if-needed basis.” loss, he never checked into the game.)

Less concerning is the status of Mavericks star Luka Doncic, who is on the injury report with injuries to his right knee and left ankle and a bruised chest. He went through warmups for Game 2 with his torso and knee wrapped, but delivered a triple double in the loss.

“A lot of things are happening at this point in the season,” he said Sunday. “When I play, things go well. No problem.”